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1960 Double Wide Kitchen Before and After

California real estate being what it is (expensive), Barbara’s client computed the value of the house they were living in; after a bit of math, they decided to sell, pay cash for a manufactured home, and live a little on the rest of their money. They decided on 1960 double wide in a 55+ community Escondido, CA. All it needed was a bit of sprucing up before they moved in.

The kitchen sink and counters before the kitchen makeover:

1960 Double Wide - sink before

The 1960 double wide had been updated but wasn’t exactly what the newly retiring couple wanted.

1960 Double Wide - kitchen before 5

Although the husband is handy, they wanted to travel and enjoy their retirement so they put their home in the hands of Barbara at Home Remodeling Center.  The budget was fairly high on the entire project and the clients opted for high-quality materials and construction that included moving walls and adding luxury storage cabinets. 

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The wife wanted a more traditional, formal kitchen so she selected a maple cabinet with raised panel and dark glazed detailing. The light pearl quartz countertop was a perfect balance to the darker cabinetry. 

The 1960 double wide kitchen after the remodel:

1960 Double Wide - kitchen after

The random glass backsplash tied the two together and helped bounce more light into the kitchen. After demolishing walls, the kitchen became lighter and opened up the whole floor plan of the kitchen, dining room, and living room. It also created a larger kitchen with room for an island and counter with an overhang that allowed for bar stools.

1960 Double Wide - kitchen after - new island

1960 Double Wide - kitchen after - new cabinetry

Every Job Has Its Challenges

One of the biggest challenges during remodels is not knowing what to expect. There are always some hiccups that weren’t planned. Barbara told us that she always expects to find water damage in every remodel and there is usually some wiring that looks iffy and needs to be brought up to code. Additionally, there are usually pipes and wires in walls where you wouldn’t expect them and they need to be moved. All of these things happened in this remodel! 

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The kitchen has become the favorite room in the house for the clients. They are happy with their community and the home they remodeled. Retirement is a big change and this couple made it in style. 

Thank you for reading Mobile Home Living!

A big thank you to Barbara Preston of Home Remodeling Center in San Marcos, CA.


Cabinets: Concord Sienna/Envoy

Counter: Qortstone/Pearl

Backsplash: Infinite/Emser

Flooring: Fitch/Happy Floors

Paint: Sherwin Williams/Agreeable Gray

Crystal Adkins

Crystal Adkins

Crystal Adkins created Mobile Home Living in 2011 after buying a 1978 single wide and searching online for mobile home remodeling ideas but finding very little. Today, it's the most popular resource in America for mobile home information and inspiration and has been visited over 40 million times.View Author posts

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  1. Hey…. Don’t think this is a 1960 model. More like a 1970 or even mid to late 70s. They just didn’t have vaulted ceilings in 1960 that I have ever seen. And it looks like 24 wide, not 20 wide as well….
    (my family had a dealership from 1954 until 1982)

  2. Great remodel ! What did you do with the corner window sink ? And did you remove a wall ? A few more pictures – please.

  3. Lovely, although from the before pics, you would never know that was a 60’s house! Amazing all around. Great job.

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